The hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a DDoS attack which took down the website of Narita International Airport, near Tokyo.
IB Times reported that the website went offline for several hours on 22 and 23 January and although flights operated normally passengers were unable to access information on the site.
A Twitter account linked to Anonymous revealed the attack was carried out as part of a revenge protest following the detainment of Ric O’Barry, a leading animal rights activist, on 18 January. O’Barry was refused entry into Japan by immigration authorities after he was accused of planning to support a campaign against the slaughter of dolphins.
According to activists, each year 20,000 dolphins, small whales and porpoises are killed for their meat by Japanese fishermen. The Taiji dolphin drive hunt is an annual event that takes place in Taiji, Wakayama between September and March, with the animals caught for human consumption or for resale to dolphinariums. Despite providing significant income for local residents, the hunt has attracted international criticism amid concerns about the cruelty of the killings and the high levels of mercury found in dolphin meat.
This latest animal rights Anonymous attack is the second carried out on a Japanese organization in less than a week, with the hacktivists recently bringing down the websites of automotive manufacturer Nissan in an anti-whaling campaign.
SOURCE: Michael Hill